NBA Rumor: Jae Crowder Injury

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Stevens did cut his team some slack, noting that Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Marcus Smart haven’t been on the court together at the start of the season, and that does nothing to help team chemistry and rhythm on the court, not to mention spacing. “Losing guys out of our lineups, obviously Jae and Al and Marcus — we haven’t had all three of those guys in one game; those are three of our best defenders. “But the reality is that even with that, even with the idea that one, two, or three of those guys are out at once, that we should be better than we’ve been. I don’t think the group that’s played will necessarily be, especially with the group that we had out last night, I don’t think we’re going to be a top-10 defense. But we can be 12th or 13th, right at the end of the season, that’s for sure.”
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Crowder’s ankle twisted awkwardly after landing on the foot of Bulls guard Rajon Rondo in the second quarter. Crowder crumpled to the floor in obvious pain as play continued before hopping on his right foot to the locker room. Crowder left the arena on crutches. “Jae sprained his ankle; that’s all I know,” Stevens said. “I was told that it would be at least a week, and then we’ll see after. But I don’t think we’re into it enough to make an assessment on that timeline. It doesn’t sound like he’ll be back any time soon.”

All signs point toward Jae Crowder returning to Boston’s lineup when the Celtics take on the Trail Blazers at 10 p.m. tonight in Portland, Ore. Crowder, who has been out since suffering a right ankle sprain on March 11, fully participated in Wednesday’s practice and reported Thursday morning that he remains on track to play tonight. “I’m feeling pretty good,” he said prior to this morning’s shootaround at the Moda Center. “Minor soreness from practice yesterday. I’ll go through shootaround today and really see how it feels, but I feel pretty good.”

While there’s no return set in stone, Stevens sounded very encouraged that Crowder will be back in Boston’s lineup sooner rather than later. “There would be a good chance he’d be back along the trip, but I don’t know when,” said Stevens. “We’re not going to bring him back until he’s cleared to play by our trainers and doctors and he feels good about it. He’s itching to play and making good progress, and obviously he’s a big, important part of our team.”
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